Last weekend, I had an overnight assignment in Astoria. And guess what? Yep, it involved beer. I was sent out to explore the beer scene in Astoria and meet the movers and shakers, and of course, drink a lot of great beer!
Even though I retired my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens to the studio, I can’t seem to live without it. A couple of months ago, it was knocked off the players bench at the Rose Garden while shooting a Portland LumberJax training session. Both auto-focus and the focus ring were broken, but the glass was intact. So, while the photos turn out fine, I have to manually focus by pulling and pushing the end of the lens in and out! It’s really not convenient, but I don’t have a replacement for it yet. For still shots of objects, it’s not a problem. But when people are involved, it’s hard to capture that spontaneous moment when it takes 7 seconds to pull or push and fumble with a broken lens! Oh well, glad to have it, even with it’s flaws.
On Saturday, I met with the brewers of Fort George Brewing Company and Astoria Brewing Company–and then proceeded to drink a lot of beer. From noon to 5:00pm, we drank an assortment of over twenty beers in samples, pints, and goblets. I’m glad I had a notebook and a camera to document it all, because I will be relying heavily on those to piece together my article. Usually, I’m not so excited to work on the weekends, but there was no downside to this weekend!